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Jul 24, 2010, 02:35 AM
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Lesotho Slope Sites!


This is a list of slope flying sites in Lesotho.

Parliament Hill:
29.19.35.37 S 27.29.29.11 E
Westerly wind. Light to medium lift. In the heart of Maseru, it is the closest and most accesable slope. Google Earth does not show the tar road that is located right next to the slope. Flying site is 20 meters from the road. Landing is dirt and gravel. Down slope retreval: Easy (thick brush/bushes, boulders)

BS Slope: (Named after Bryan Scott who first sloped here in 2009)
29.19.54.13 S 27.29.53.21 E
Northerly wind. Light to medium lift. Has 180 degrees of sloping (also facing East and South) but we have not sloped here with those winds. Also in the heart of Maseru, it is not as accesable due to the 15-20 minute hike to the top. Parking is at the bottom. Occasional herd boys on the slope face. Landing is grass and rocks. There is an emergency landing site at the bottom of the north facing slope at 29.19.51.74 S 27.29.42.25 E. Down slope retreval: Easy-moderate (steep slope, uneven terrain) ***DSing may be possible at this slope, but it is extremely rocky.

Lebamang Slope:
29.29.17.44 S 27.34.54.75 E
Westerly, Northerly, Northeasterly wind. Light to medium (although we have not experienced lift in high winds). Has nearly 180 degrees of sloping. 30 minute drive from Maseru. Road access all the way to the top but a high clearance vehicle is desireable. There is someone living on top, but we have not met them. Landing at westerly slope is mostly grass with occasional rocks. North/northeast slopes mostly dirt and rocks. Down slope retreval: Easy-moderate (steep slope in places, uneven terrain)

Bushman's Pass:
Westerly: 29.25.53.60 S 27.50.55.57 E
East/Southeast: 29.26.12.39 S 27.51.36.39 E
Westerly and East/Southeast wind. Light to massive lift. 1 hour drive from Maseru. Park at the top of Bushman's Pass. 30-45 minute hike up steep terrain. "Trail" (if you can call it that) will take you by the Westerly slope first - if no wind there, hike to East/Southeast slope - about 1.5kms. Occasional herd boys will accompany you for the duration of your flying. Landing is largely grass, but lots of dirt and rocks also. Down slope retreval: Difficult to impossible (cliff faces in many areas, significant hiking to get arround cliffs, VERY steep terrain, thick bushes)

Thaba Putsoa:
29.24.45.01 S 27.59.28.39 E
Westerly wind. Light (to massive?) lift. 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Maseru (20-30 minutes past Bushman's Pass). At Thaba Putsoa, turn left on dirt road to Recreation Center. Park at the bend in the dirt road. 15-20 minute hike. More ambitious hikers can go to top (very steep), but glider can reach upper lift from the lower launch site. Landing is mostly rocky but there is an emergency landing site with much fewer rocks. Down slope landing: Moderate (steep terrain, rocky, and uneven)

**Possible Sites**

Sefikeng:
29.17.27.42 S 27.47.40.54 E
Northwest facing slope - but Northeast and West slopes also. DSing possibility! Parking at 29.17.19.81 S 27.48.11.53 E.


If you are interested in sloping any of these we'd love to join you. We have 3 guys here with Zagis and would love to fly with visitors! Thanks!
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Jul 28, 2010, 07:40 AM
Justin
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Sefikeng Update


Took about 20 minutes to hike up to the top. The wind on top (on a not windy day) was a constant 10 m.p.h. We ate lunch on the edge of the backside in clam wind. It seemed to shear quite nicely. I wonder what it will be like on a windy day...

Unfortunately like most places in Lesotho, mostly rocks, gravel, and thin grass on most of the slope. Landing will be an issue. The top is about 20-30 feet wide (about 10m).

On the plus side there is 360 degrees of slope, so if its windy, you won't have hiked in vien. For DSing, you would need a westerly wind. Didn't bring anything to fly this time...
Jul 29, 2010, 03:20 AM
Thermaholic Homoslopian
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Keep us posted if you manage to find and test that elusive DS slope.

Cheers,
Izak
Dec 07, 2015, 01:16 AM
Jedi Filmmaker
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Ahoy, just got back from filming the Roof of Africa

I'm not sure if its mentioned here, but the place where the Start/Finish is set up is a perfect slope. Just passed Roma on the way out from Maseru.
2930'44.3"S 2745'04.9"E
Not a vertical cliff but massive and quite steep, fairly easy to scale if you need to retrieve a plane. Landing is pretty rocky, but there are a few grass patches. You can drive right to the edge with ease. There are sections where there is pretty clean rotor (thanks to the sponsors for putting up flags everywhere. and there is a slight slope on the backside that i hjave a feeling will give a pretty good option for DS when the wind blows from the NE. Altitude is not too high i think iuts around 1800m so there is a bit of air left.


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